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Busking Set List

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by transition11, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. transition11


    Jun 14, 2011
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    So I’m thinking of trying my hand at busking solo with just bass and maybe vocals. I did a bit of busking last year, playing guitar with another guy. I’m thinking about trying solo bass as I’m a much better bassist than guitarist. Also, I'm getting tired of jamming with would-be bands that never seem to get off the ground.

    So I have a set list in mind of mainly rock and funky tunes which I think might be cool with just bass, and vocals in some cases. I’ll probably use a drum machine and some pedals to spice them up. I’d love to hear any impressions or suggestions about this list, or tips on busking as a bassist. Thanks.

    Cissy Strut
    Mr. Cab Driver
    Heard it Through the Grapevine (Gladys Knight version)
    Continuum (haven’t got the solo yet)
    Ramble On
    Purple haze
    Flirting with flowers (melodic original)
    Flaneur Funk (original funk rock)
  2. transition11


    Jun 14, 2011
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    So does anyone want to share their bass busking set list, tested or not?
  3. mellowinman


    Oct 19, 2011
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    This is from quite a few years ago:

    (six string acoustic guitar and vocals)

    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
    Me & Bobbie McGee
    Peaceful Easy Feeling
    Lyin' Eyes
    American Pie
    Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
    You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
    Here, There and Everywhere
    In my Life
    A Day in the Life
    Nowhere Man
    Working Class Hero
    Oh my Love
    Wild World
    Going to California
    Brain Damage/Eclipse
    Nights in White Satin
    Forever Afternoon (Tuesday?)
    Up From the Skies
    Alone Again (Naturally)
    As Tears go by
    Wild Horses
    Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
    Send me Dead Flowers
    Annie's Song
    Dannie's Song
    Just the Way You Are

    There were lots more. I threw in quite a few of my originals. I used to be able to pretty much play all day without repeating.

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